Bishop emeritus, the Most Rev’d Dr Adebola Ademowo has described the retired Provost of the Cathedral of St. John’s Iloro Ilesha in Osun State, the late very Rev’d Samuel Adedayo Jinadu as a trail blazer.
Ademowo extolled the late Jinadu’s virtues in his thought provoking sermon at the funeral service held for the deceased in his native St. James’ Anglican Church, Itaogbolu in Akure North Local Government, Ondo State recently.
The retired Archbishop of the Holy See Lagos, said on his installation as Vicar of St. John’s Cathedral, Ven Samuel Jinadu swung into action and inaugurated three committees from the pulpit for the progress of (I)building a provosts’ lodge, building a church hall and providing an electronic organ befitting the status of the Cathedral.
The cleric remarked that Ven. Jinadu accomplished all the big projects in a record time.
Ademowo said Baba Jinadu could be likened to the faithful servant in the Holy bible, Mathew Chapter 25 that deserved rest with the Lord Jesus.
He said Baba Jinadu left his footprints on the sand of time, he utilised his talents and rendered his stewardship judiciously for the benefit of the society and the church.
Extolling his spirit of hardwork in his ministry, Bishop Ademowo said four of the seven churches where Papa Jinadu served have been elevated as Cathedral viz: St. Peter’s Aremo, Ibadan, St. Phillips Ayetoro, Ile-Ife, St David’s Kudeti, Ibadan and St. John’s Iloro, Ilesa.
He said Baba championed the reclamation of the church land from land speculators; fenced the church land and rehabilitated the old Melville hall building which is now an asset to Ibadan south diocese.
The cleric said the late provost was a highly detribalised churchman whose rapport with Ooni of Ife, the late Oba Adesoji Aderemi, University of Ife now (OAU), Ile-Ife and Ijesa communities was a boost to evangelism and peaceful communal relationship.
To further attest to his passion for unity in the nation and spirit of brotherhood, the preacher said Baba Jinadu was one-time President, Bible Society of Nigeria (1984-1988) and Secretary, Islam in Africa project.
Ademowo said young Rev’d Samuel Adedayo Jinadu married his heartthrob, Miss Gloria Modupe Adebogun on 29th June 1999. The marriage is blessed with promising and successful children.
The very Rev’d Samuel Adedayo Jinadu, a pioneer priest in Anglican Communion; the first and only son of Itaogbolu to ever attain the status of provost in the church died at the age of 96.
He was given a colourful and befitting burial whle his remains were interred around 1.05 pm in a special tomb at the rear of the sanctuary, St. James’ Anglican Church.